Bernie Sanders started his campaign as a no-name presidential candidate, and the early poll results (huge gap between Hillary Clinton and Sanders) reflected that. However, Sanders has been gaining on Clinton as he receives more national media attention from debates and such. Currently, Sanders is averaging about 32%, approximately 25% behind Hillary Clinton in polls. Despite Clinton’s popularity dip earlier in the year, she has climbed back and commands a dominating lead over Sanders. Sanders is not to be underestimated, though. From this chart, one could argue that Sanders might continue to surge since that appears to be the trend.
Interestingly, there are polls that show Sanders as the more electable candidate in this race! In head-to-head match-ups vs. top Republican nominees, Sanders does even better than Clinton. According to the poll released by Quinnipiac University on December 2nd, Sanders would beat Donald Trump by 8 points, while Clinton would defeat Trump by 6 points. Sanders would defeat Ben Carson by 6 points, 3 points more than Clinton. Sanders would defeat Ted Cruz by 10 points while Clinton would beat Cruz by 5. Both Sanders and Clinton would defeat Marco Rubio by 1 point.